Welcome to the September email newsletter of Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. With a few very short items each month it will keep you up-to-date with news and developments. Comments and suggestions are always welcome using the link below.

Fr Ian 

Jenny Wright's Ordination as Priest

The Rev Dr Jenny Wright has been serving as a deacon at Old Saint Paul's since September last year. In the Episcopal Church priests serve as a deacon for a year before they are ordained priest. Her year complete, Jenny will be ordained priest by Bishop John at OSP, on S. Matthew’s Day, Wednesday 21 September, at 7.30pm. Her First Mass, when she will preside at the Eucharist for the first time, will be High Mass the following Sunday, 25 September at 10.30am.

Priesthood is the ministry of gathering people together, of helping them to grow in faith, of enabling them to celebrate God’s love in the sacraments and in worship, and of leading them in mission and service to the community. One of the Latin words for a priest is ‘pontifex’ (from it comes ‘pontiff’), which means ‘bridge-builder’. Whether the bridges are between heaven and earth, or between people, it is not an easy ministry, and Ordination is about praying for God’s gifts to enable priests for their tasks.

One of the moving moments in an Ordination is when the ordinands prostrate themselves, lying flat, face down, on the ground, while we pray the litany that asks for the gifts they will need to be such ‘bridge-builders’. It’s a very profound moment, and often feels so to the ordinand –  provided we remember to clean the floor! It’s a reminder that we all need to be humble enough to ask God, and one another, for the gifts and help we need.

As a priest, Mother Jenny (as she will then be), will be helping us and encouraging us all to ‘build bridges’. Please support her by praying for her (and for her husband Sean) and by coming to the Ordination and the First Mass.

Restoration and Renewal Project: Church Hall

After the initial consultation period for the redevelopment of the Church Hall, the architects have now provided a full draft report with a preliminary costing analysis provided by the quantity surveyor. 

The Restoration & Renewal Committee are now considering the report and the implications for a business plan and for funding. This report will then be presented to the Vestry for discussion. A presentation will be made to the congregation at the Annual General Meeting (Sunday 11 December 2016), where there will be a chance to respond.

Picture credit: WT Architecture

Theology Course: Faith Seeking Understanding

One classical definition of theology is 'faith seeking understanding'. Augustine defines this as 'I believe in order that I may understand'. 

Do you have questions?  Do you want to test and rethink Christianity and search for deeper understanding? 

We will be running an introductory theology course this autumn and winter. Over ten sessions, we will explore topics like creation, the Trinity, evil and suffering, incarnation, resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit and life after death.

We will begin at 6:45pm with a cup of coffee. A lecture will be followed by time for group discussion led by a qualified facilitator and we will finish by 9pm. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of
church, or email Jenny for more information.

Term 1: 4 & 18 October, 1, 15, 29 November
Term 2: 10 & 24 January, 7, 21, 28 February

Cost: £20

OSP Choir Trip to Finland

Members of Old Saint Paul’s Choir are travelling to Finland at the end of September to sing at a Synodal Meeting of the Diocese of Espoo, where they will be joined by Fr Ian Paton, Mtr Carrie Applegath and Lay Reader David Todd.
The choir has been kindly invited by the Rev Kati Pirttimaa, who spent two months on placement at Old Saint Paul’s last summer as an ordinand from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Kati was ordained priest this June, with the Rev Rodney Matthews from Old Saint Paul's travelling to Finland to participate in the service. 

Both the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Scottish Episcopal Church are members of the Porvoo Communion, whose members have agreed to "share a common life in mission and service", with the Diocese of Espoo and the Diocese of Edinburgh being companion dioceses.
The choir will sing in two services - at Eucharist and Choral Evensong - on Tuesday 27 September in Hyvinkää in the northern part of the Diocese.  Kati has requested that the music be typical pieces from the Anglican repertoire, and the choir will be joined in these by local singers.  
The choir are being generously offered hospitality and accommodation, and will have an opportunity on Wednesday 28 September to be tourists and explore the surrounding area.  It promises to be a most memorable and enjoyable trip.

Diary Dates

Wednesday 7 September
7.30pm A Taught Mass - A Mass will be celebrated with brief explanations offered at several points of the liturgy, with an opportunity for asking questions and discussion over refreshments afterwards.

Wednesday 21 September
7.30pm Ordination of the Rev Jenny Wright to the priesthood.

Sunday 25 September
10.30am First celebration of Mass by the Rev Jenny Wright.
Services this Month

   Mass 8am
   High Mass 10:30am
   Evensong and Benediction 6:30pm

   Morning Prayer 8am

   Mass: 12:20pm

   Mass: 8am

   Mass: 12:20pm 
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